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Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:104 minutes
Director:Andrei Tarkovsky
Year Released:1975
Production Country:Russia


"Delighting, puzzling." —New York Times

"Its imagery and mysticism have by no means lost their power to astound." —CineVue

"We are left to wonder if any director has delved with more modesty and honesty into the heartbreak of the past."  —New Yorker

A senses-ravishing odyssey through the halls of time and memory, Andrei Tarkovsky's sublime reflection on 20th century Russian history is as much a film as it is a poem composed in images, as much a work of cinema as it is a hypnagogic hallucination. In a richly textured collage of varying film stocks and newsreel footage, the recollections of a dying poet flash before our eyes, dreams mingling with senses of childhood, wartime, and marriage, all imbued with the mystic power of a trance. Largely dismissed by Soviet critics upon its release due to its elusive narrative structure, The Mirror has since taken its place as one of the titan director's most renowned and influential works, a stunning personal statement from an artist transmitting his innermost thoughts and feelings directly from psyche to screen.

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